LSU Big Board: 7 Days to NSD

TSD takes an in-depth look at everyone still on LSU's big board with one week to National Signing Day

National Letters of Intent will start flying through fax machines a week from today, with top recruits across the country becoming official signees.

LSU still has a lot of work to do in these final seven days. The Tigers currently have 19 commits and place No. 14 in the Team Rankings. LSU has several needs it needs to address, particularly along the defensive front seven and at offensive tackle.

The Tigers will also work to keep all 19 commits they already have. That should make this a hectic stretch as LSU closes out its class. Below you’ll find links to our official commit list and the LSU Big Board, which tracks the Tigers’ top remaining targets.

We’ll break down all the remaining story lines for LSU’s 2015 recruiting class after the jump:

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PREVENTING FLIPS


As important as it is to add commits late in the cycle, it’s equally as crucial to protect the ones you already have. There are three to keep an eye on in this final week, some a more a legitimate risk than others.

RB Nicholas Brossette is the closest to heading elsewhere. He committed to LSU in the summer before his junior year but has given Texas serious thought as he’s gotten closer to the end. He’s taken official visits to both Texas and LSU in consecutive weeks, and now he’s working on a final decision. Brossette is one of three running backs Texas is still recruiting, but the Longhorns can only take two. So keep an eye on the decisions of Chris Warren and Sotonye Jamabo, as those could have heavy influence on where Brossette lands.

OG Maea Teuhema took an official visit to UCLA last weekend. While the Bruins had confidence going into the trip, it’s our understanding that Teuhema will stick with LSU barring a major surprise. He should stick to the plan and join his brother, Sione Teuhema, at LSU next season.

RB Derrius Guice still plans to take an official visit to Alabama this weekend. Based on everything he’s said, it would be a shock to see him flip at the last second, and we’ll see if he even does end up taking that trip to Tuscaloosa.

DEFENSIVE FRONT SEVEN


Defensive end and Linebacker remain the Tigers’ two biggest needs in this class. LSU has only one commit — DE Isaiah Washington — between both positions, but the Tigers hope to add several in this final week.

Arden Key’s the likeliest addition. He took his official visit to LSU two weekends ago, and the Tigers feel they’ve led since he left campus. He’s been committed to (and decommitted from) South Carolina twice already, and he took a visit there this past weekend. He’ll be at Auburn this coming weekend, and those Tigers could make a late push, but this one seems to be LSU’s to lose at the moment.

CeCe Jefferson, a five-star defensive end, remains another high priority for LSU. He’s a very heavy Ole Miss lean though after his unofficial visit to Oxford this past weekend. He’ll take his official visit to LSU this weekend, and the timing gives the Tigers some optimism. A home run visit could give LSU all the momentum heading into NSD, but they have a lot of ground to make up.

Prince Tega Wanogho is the other legitimate LSU target along the defensive line. Baton Rouge is the only visit he’s taken since reclassifying from the 2016 class. He broke his leg a few days after returning from LSU, so that’s put his recruitment on hold. Les Miles went to visit him Wednesday morning, one of several head coaches that have been by. Ole Miss, Auburn, Tennessee and Alabama are under consideration as well, and his recruitment will go well past NSD.

If LSU misses on all these DEs, the Tigers may make a late push for Ponchatoula’s Reggie Walker, a Kansas State commit. LSU’s also discussed a sign-and-place deal with Riverside’s Joe Anderson as he’ll have to go the junior college route.

As for linebacker, it’s really Leo Lewis or bust. The Tigers are hoping to flip this Ole Miss commit with an official visit on the final weekend. He’ll be a very hard flip though, and the Tigers have ground to make up. But Lewis has like LSU for a long time, and the timing of this visit may gave the Tigers a chance. If LSU misses on Lewis, they may make a late move on another linebacker, but other targets aren’t clear at this point.



OFFENSIVE LINE


LSU received major news Thursday morning when Chidi Valentine-Okeke announced his commitment to the Tigers. LSU earned a huge win against Alabama and Auburn to land his commitment, and he addresses one of LSU's biggest needs. It had seemed Valentine-Okeke had all but eliminated LSU from contention after his visit, but LSU's persistence paid off and they managed to get him. They'll still need to make sure he qualifies academically, but if he does, he'll bring a ton of upside to Baton Rouge.

LSU could still add at least one more offensive tackle to join Valentine-Okeke, George Brown and the two guards — Maea Teuhema and Adrian Magee. Toby Weathersby is still a primary target after taking his official visit this past weekend. He’s choosing between LSU and Arkansas, and he is legitimately torn between the two. The Tigers may have his mom’s vote though based on Baton Rouge’s proximity to Houston compared to Fayetteville. He plans to take his decision to NSD though.

LSU handed out a new offer Tuesday to Virginia Tech commit Mike Arnold. The Florida native will host Les Miles for an in-home visit Thursday, where LSU’s expected to push for an official visit. If that materializes, then there’s a legitimate chance he winds up in this class.

OFFENSIVE SKILL POSITIONS


LSU’s mostly done at the offensive skill positions but remains in the hunt for a quarterback and a couple in-state receivers.

Pine’s Derrick Dillon seems the most likely to join LSU’s class. The Tigers feel it’s a matter of time until he flips from Florida. An unofficial visit to Gainesville is still up in the air for this weekend, though that may not even be enough for the Gators to hold on. LSU’s been trending with him for a couple months now, and LSU expects to land him by NSD.

LSU still continues to recruit Patterson’s Daylon Charlot, though he’s leaning toward Alabama. He was a long-time Tide commit before dropping that during his LSU official visit last month. But we’ve seen Alabama regain its momentum since the end of this dead period, and it’s looking most likely that he sticks with the Tide once it’s all over.

LSU would also like to add another quarterback if it’s Torrance Gibson. He took his official visit this past weekend, and the Tigers did enough to remain in the mix. He’s still committed to Ohio State, but the QB logjam there has him reconsidering. Auburn’s the biggest threat, and he would have a shot at playing quarterback there. LSU’s also all in on him as a quarterback, and Gibson thinks Cam Cameron can best develop him for the NFL. That may give the Tigers a chance, though we still consider it a long shot.

SECONDARY


LSU already has one of the nation’s best classes of corners, and it’s unlikely they add any more. The Tigers are still in the mix for Holton Hill and Iman Marshall though. Hill announces on Friday, but he’ll likely stay close to home at either Texas or Texas A&M. Marshall will likely stay out West at USC, and the odds were against LSU getting him even with his visit last weekend.

Any other additions to the secondary will come at safety from either Jamal Peters or Justin Reid.

LSU’s fighting Mississippi State to host Peters on the final weekend. Both staffs expect to get him, but if he doesn’t come to Baton Rouge, then you can write him off as a realistic target. It will still be tough to flip him, even if he does make it to town this weekend, but Frank Wilson and Corey Raymond will continue working through this week.

What happens with Peters may determine how hard LSU pushes for Reid. He’s taken visits to Stanford and Notre Dame in consecutive weeks, and those are the two teams to beat at the moment. If Peters stays firm to State, then you can expect LSU to make a much bigger push for Reid during his official visit this weekend. That may be enough for the Tigers to get him, but they have some ground to make up on the other two right now. He’ll announce his decision on NSD.




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